President O’Ceallaigh appeals for support for ex-soldiers
The President, Sean T. O’Ceallaigh, opened the evening with a speech that included the following:
For many, these past five years, spent … in preparation and in watchfulness at lonely isolated outposts, were years of separation from family and from friends. By their untiring efforts during the past five years they have … shielded the nation from untold misery, suffering and privation. I feel confident that our people will avail themselves of the opportunities provided by the Military tattoo and Exhibition … to help the Army Benevolent Fund to acquire the means of assisting necessitous ex-soldiers.
(The Irish Press, 28 August 1945, p1)